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Nice desktop icons in xfce?

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The screenshot of the latest Zenwalk shows an Xfce desktop with nice GNOME-style desktop icons. Now I know it could just be nautilus, but the screenshot shows an xfce menu coming when right clicking on the desktop. If it was nautilus then I think it would be the nautilus menu. Another thing is that they use Thunar file manager by default which is another point against nautilus being used there.

So they've apparently hacked something up or are using something I don't know about yet for drawing icons on xfce desktop. Is it maybe the newest Xfce version?

Anyone knows something about that?

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the newest XFCE version

the newest XFCE version (that would be 4.4 or a 4.3 beta) has this built in.

Settings Manager -> Desktop -> [tab] Behaviour -> Desktop Icons

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That's awesome! That pretty

That's awesome! Smiling That pretty much makes Xfce the best DE around IMHO. Eye

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There was just a major

There was just a major upgrade on Arch now and among other things I got the new Xfce testing version (4.3 (4.4 beta)). I tried the desktop icons thing and while it's pretty cool, definitely better than idesk was, I think it still lacks behind GNOME and KDE desktop icons capability. Refreshing seems to be a bit slower (when moving other windows over the desktop it leaves white trails for a second) and I can't select and move multiple icons at once.

Still, it's just beta and it's a great start. With Xfce, a minimalist DE, the general rule ought to be that you can't have everything and desktop icons was one field you had to compromise. Now they offer even that capability in a pretty straightforward way so that's really great. Smiling

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Could you explain why

Could you explain why desktop icons are so important? I always considered them an example of bad GUI design, since they get hidden behind windows all the time. I prefer an autohiding panel.
So, what is the good side of desktop icons?

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on xfce, I prefer using

on xfce, I prefer using desktop icons for iconified (aka minimized) windows. on gnome and kde I only use them for devices, and sometimes temporary files.

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Tbuitehn, it might be just

Tbuitehn, it might be just the habit, but I find desktop icons on the background to be like a personal workspace where I can naturally toss around icons for stuff I'm working on or directories for files I'm downloading and haven't yet archived them in my /mnt/data partition. Smiling

That they get hidden by other windows doesn't matter that much as it's still easy to get to them. They're also not hidden by default after you start your desktop up.

I'm not totally dependant on them though, and currently being in openbox I don't mind not having them so much, but I do like having them if possible. Smiling

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/media
libervisco wrote:

archived them in my /mnt/data partition

http://www.pathname.com/fhs/pub/fhs-2.3.html#MEDIAMOUNTPOINT Eye

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Does it matter a_thing?

Does it matter a_thing? Smiling

That page actually says /media is for removable devices. On /mnt/data I hold my biggest data partition and I'm just used to having it there rather than somewhere else. Smiling

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According to the FHS, /mnt

According to the FHS, /mnt is not supposed to have subdirectories.

(I am very happily FHS incompliant by the way, refusing to use /media Laughing out loud )

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/mnt has subdirectories. end

/mnt has subdirectories. end of story. Smiling

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FHS? I find it a bit odd to

FHS? I find it a bit odd to specify one of the directories in the UNIX tree not to have subdirectories..

It's one of the reasons why it is so flexible; you're able to mount any device under any subdirectory. And I chose /mnt by habit. Eye

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